It’s not about perfection: Last week, I dove into my favorite tips for time management which are worth a read if you’re someone who feels like your schedule runs you rather than the other way around. But, I’d also like to emphasize that everyone’s day looks different, and it’s not about being perfect. These strategies are about making the smart choices that work well for you. Personally, I’ve been using the tips outlined in this post (which include time blocking, tricks for eliminating distractions and much more) for years and I don’t think I’ve ever had a day where I was able to execute my time-blocked schedule perfectly without interruption. Perfection is not the point. The goal is to institute strategies and build habits so that you eliminate 90% of distractions, and greatly enhance your efficiency and productivity for the majority of your day. Just because there's an issue with your toddler that disrupts your morning for 30 minutes doesn't mean you can't still employ the principles for the other 7.5+ hours of your workday with great success. As discussed in the post, the reality is that while yes, there are true emergencies that require your immediate attention during your workday, the majority of things that come up and distract you from efficiently checking off your to-do's are not actually time sensitive, so force them to wait. It does take time and practice but man is it worth it.